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- Taxi services are at a cost of  €15.00 and readily available from the hotel. 

- Buses between the hotel and the conference area (Valletta) run regularly, the operator is Arriva, and the travel options are below:

Option 1: 12 (Tas-Sliema to Valletta)

Option 2: 13 (Tas-Sliema   to Valletta)    

In all of the above options be sure to confirm with the driver that you are going in the right direction since these buses run along the same lines in both going and returning


€2.60 - Day Ticket

€2.20 - Two hour Ticket

€12.00 - Seven day Ticket

€2.50 - Night Single

- A Ferry service runs frequently between Sliema and Valletta (schedule available on Ferry Services) at a cost of €1.50 (€3.00 return), however one should note that there is quite a steep hill between the ferry destination and the conference venue.



Old University Building, Valletta 
VLT 1216 Old University Building, Malta
Tel: 21 331734 


The University of Malta traces its origins to the founding of the Collegium Melitense in 1592. Situated at Tal-Qroqq, it is the highest teaching institution of the State by which it is mainly financed and is open to all those who have the requisite qualifications. There are nearly 10,000 students including over 750 foreign/exchange students from 80 different countries, following full-time or part-time degree and diploma courses, most of them run on the modular or credit system. Some 3,000 students graduate in various disciplines annually. The degree courses at the University are designed to produce highly qualified professionals with experience of research, who will play key roles in industry, commerce and public affairs in general. There are a further nearly 3,500 pre-tertiary students at the Junior College which is also managed by the University.

The University today has eleven faculties: Arts; Built Environment; Dental Surgery; Economics, Management & Accountancy; Education; Engineering; Information & Communication Technology; Laws; Medicine & Surgery; Science and Theology. A number of interdisciplinary institutes and centres have been set up in various fields. These include Agriculture, Anglo-Italian Studies, Baroque Studies, Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking, Sustainable Energy, Criminology, Health Care, Linguistics, Maltese Studies, Physical Education and Sport, Public Administration and Management, the Mediterranean Institute, the International Environment Institute (which incorporates the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics), the Institute for Islands and Small States Studies and the Institute for Sustainable Development. The centres comprise: the European Centre of Gerontology, the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research, European Centre for Educational Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, Centre for Environmental Education and Research, Centre for Communication Technology, Centre for Family Studies, Centre for Labour Studies, Centre for Literacy and the European Documentation and Research Centre which incorporates the European Documentation Centre established to serve as a repository of European Community documents as well as a resource centre for students and the general public.

A campus on Malta's sister-island, Gozo, offers a part-time evening degree course and facilitates short courses and seminars. Associated with the University is the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies which was established by special agreement with the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. The main campus is also home to the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) and the International Ocean Institute Malta Operational Centre. The public response to the University of the Third Age has been very encouraging with membership constantly on the increase and all activities being well attended.

There are a number of fields which the University has identified as priority areas. Chief among these, are relations with industry and the strengthening of the Engineering departments; the further development of information technology, computer science and artificial intelligence; the University's contribution to the improvement of primary and secondary education and the forging of inter-university links to stimulate international educational exchange.

The University of Malta is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association (EUA), the Utrecht Network, the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), the European Access Network (EAN) as well as the Santander Network and the Compostela Group. Through its International and EU Office, University of Malta students participate in programmes such as Erasmus, Leonardo and Comenius. Over the years, the University has participated in various EU Programmes and has won several projects under the Framework Programmes in collaboration with a number of partner universities.

The University is geared towards the infrastructural and industrial needs of the country so as to provide expertise in crucial fields. There is ongoing collaboration with the public and private sectors whilst various services are offered to industry.

The Malta University Holding Company Ltd (MUHC) embodies the commercial interests of the University of Malta. The companies comprised in the Holding Company serve as the commercial interface between the University of Malta and the business community, brokering the resources and assets of the University to provide added value through commercial activity. The Malta University Holding Company Ltd provides strategic direction and corporate support to the companies within the Group. The Foundation for International Studies Ltd. is situated in the original University building in Valletta. Its Conference Unit is responsible for the organisation of conferences and seminars, many of them having an international dimension. 

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